Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


St Michael and All Angels Church
Bath Road

W4 1TT


Aaron CoplandBilly the Kid (Concert Suite)
George GershwinAn American in Paris
Philip GlassString Quartet no.2 'Company'
Aaron CoplandFanfare for the Common Man
Samuel BarberKnoxville - Summer of 1915, Op.24


Nadine Benjamin – Soprano
Philip Hesketh – Conductor

West London Sinfonia

Programme Note


Reflecting America through the lens of twentieth century American composers

From Vintage to Contemporary Soundscapes

America, throughout its history, has welcomed and absorbed musical traditions from beyond its shores. In this programme, we showcase works from four distinguished native-born Americans, composers whose music most define the American idiom and who have been influential in shaping music of the twentieth century. Barber’s dreamlike setting of a poem by James Agee will be sung by sensational soprano Nadine Benjamin; Copland and Gershwin paint other contrasting pictures of American life and times; and Glass has contributed to a new musical language in the twentieth century.

photographer: Devon Cass

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